Boys and girls of JH Tarapore School polish a car on their Dhatkidih campus in Jamshedpur on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Washing cars for a few bucks in the rain isn’t something pampered teens normally do, but a Jamshedpur school is being a game-changer for a cause.
On Wednesday, Class XII students of JH Tarapore School, Dhatkidih, including girls, washed 75 cars from morning to a little over noon as part of their “Jamshedpur I Care” project.
An ongoing multi-faceted initiative of JH Tarapore School that started right after summer vacations, “Jamshedpur I Care” aims to make students better human beings in more ways than one.
So if kindergarten children learn how to wash their hands properly and spread the “healthy handwash” message, Class IX and X students take up mops and clean the campus while telling the cleaning staff to take it easy.
Students of junior classes are learning to recycle junk, starting with making paper bags, which they distribute to nearby shops.
Classes XI and XII students, members of the school’s computer club, are planning to teach computers to tech-challenged mothers who break into nervous jitters at the thought of a keyboard.
On Wednesday, washing cars of teachers and parents , a part of the project, was as much about fun as it was about hands-on lessons on dignity of labour and shramdaan.
The day was special for senior-most students — the school hosted a parent-teacher meeting, which is why classes were suspended. The challenge — making cars squeaky clean without wasting water.
“I guess someone up there was kind to us,” grinned Rishabh Singh, the school pupil leader of JH Tarapore School. “It rained, so the sky also turned into a sprinkler to help us. We saved water and energy.”
There was no demand for money but car owners donated whatever they wanted into a box. “We haven’t opened the contents yet, but we’ll count the cash and spend it on charity,” Rishabh added.
“The credit for this project goes to my school counsellor Madhuchhanda Chakraborty. The whole school is involved in some or the other activity to instil civic and humanitarian values without getting preachy,” said school principal Lata Sharat.
The educator added that she was looking forward to the Tech Mommy classes. “Our computer club members of Classes XI and XII will teach mothers the basics of operating and Internet browsing. Computers are next to rocket science for many homemakers. These teens will make it easy for the ladies. We’ll send letters to parents soon. Whoever is interested can approach us for classes,” Sharat smiled.
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